About us

The ACT Public Service is a professional, diverse and innovative public service that is responsive to the government of the day and to the community of more than 400,000. Our work is interesting, meaningful, challenging and fulfilling – you can make a difference to people’s lives every day.

The ACTPS is unique in the Australian context. We handle both state and municipal responsibilities ranging from buses, fire and ambulance services, health, education and justice systems, to supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. This gives our staff great mobility, recognition of service and career opportunities that other jurisdictions don’t have, and we can offer an unrivalled range of career paths and opportunities.

We are divided into the following directorates:

There are also various public authorities and Territory-owned corporations in ACT public sector. While you typically won’t work in these agencies throughout the graduate year, you might do so as part of your wider ACTPS career.

Our culture

The ACTPS is one of the most diverse workforces in the nation and our staff are our biggest asset. We provide an environment that promotes our people’s skills, abilities and professional growth to maximise their potential.

Our work is undertaken with commitment to the core values of Respect, Integrity, Innovation, and Collaboration and in accordance with our Signature Behaviours as outlined in our Code of Conduct.

Under our principles of Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED), we foster positive cultures across our many different work environments – whether that be in the classroom, the hospital, in office environments or when providing public transport services. The RED principles are all about ensuring that our staff feel safe and comfortable to be themselves in the workplace and that they are treated equitably.

As an organisation we value diversity as a means of enriching the workplace, enhancing learning and creating opportunities for innovation. We treat each other with respect – regardless of background, culture, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

We also believe we can provide better services to the ACT community if our own workforce is a true reflection of the community we serve. The ACTPS has a range of inclusion initiatives to support the growth of a diverse workforce.

As well as celebrating and supporting diversity in the ACTPS, there are a range of support mechanisms in place to support our employees including support networks, individual inclusion support, staff awareness training, coaching and mentoring and individual career development training.

For more information, contact us at inclusionemployment@act.gov.au.

Living in Canberra

For some, Canberra will always be the bush capital, a quiet public service town. But the city has done a lot of growing over the last couple of years!

Canberra is a great place to live. In fact, we were named the world’s most liveable city by the OECD in 2014 and Lonely Planet named us the third best city in the world to visit in 2017.

Canberra has always been known for the national institutions that dot the landscape from Parliament House to the National Gallery of Australia and the War Memorial, and for events such as Floriade, Enlighten and the National Folk Festival. The last decade has seen the revitalisation of the city with the development of a lively cafe, restaurant and bar scene and creative spaces popping up.

Canberra offers excellent career opportunities, diverse culture and arts, a vibrant foodie scene, surrounding bushlands and is just a short trip to the South Coast beaches and the Thredbo and Perisher snow fields.

In the past three years nearly half of our graduates have come from interstate to take up positions in the ACTPS.

As part of the ACTPS you will not only be able to take advantage of everything Canberra has to offer but help make it grow into the future.

Find out more about what it is like to live in Canberra: